Talk about painful! It’s amazing what a teeny, tiny, little cut can do to you. First your finger becomes immobile and then all of a sudden your entire hand becomes useless. You might as well put a cast on your arm and moan and groan.
Sometimes it even trickles up to your brain and you can hardly function at all because all you can think about is that darn paper cut.
I know. I’ve been there.
Yes, even the brain part.
So what’s a person to do so it doesn’t take over your life? Think I’m being overdramatic? Have you ever HAD a paper cut?!
Sorry. I’m getting carried away.
Well, paper cuts still apply in organizing, too. In fact, in my opinion, in my experience…paper is one of the hardest things to tackle and get a handle on. It cuts into every area of our lives and it hurts. It stings and we can’t stop thinking about it and it can render us completely immobile. Why is that? Because it comes at us daily. Sometimes even hourly.
I’m willing to bet that most of us don’t have a daily system of dealing with it. I know. I said the “D” word. Daily. Yep. Having a daily system is like the neosporin plus pain relief ointment you put on a paper cut. Man, I love that stuff! We consume tubes and tubes of it at our house.
Wait. That makes it sound like we eat it.
I do draw the line somewhere.
Let me re-phrase: We USE tubes and tubes of it at our house. It heals EVERYTHING. Got a scrape? Grab the neosporin. A paper cut? Neosporin. Someone hurt your feelings? Hey – neosporin is good for that, too. It just makes you feel better. Trust me.
But back to paper cuts: there are sooooo many different types of paper clutter that “cut” into your life: junk mail, bills, tax documents, school papers, scout papers, sports schedules, lesson schedules, notices, flyers, solicitations, receipts, manuals…shall I go on? How many more can you name? Probably a lot that I can’t even think of right now.
Well, I’m here to help (hopefully). Think of me as your neosporin that just makes everything better.
But I can try, right? However, this is not going to be a quick fix. All of our homes need a little help on a regular basis. And it takes a while for our homes to become cluttered (well, maybe not for some) so it’s going to take a while for our homes to become uncluttered and organized.
Be patient with yourself and be patient with the other members of your household.
I will show you tricks to tame all those paper cuts and we will tackle this head on and WE WILL CONQUER!
Now go get the neosporin. And your timer!